Sunday, 7 August 2011

Edinburgh Fringe

Hi all!
Just spent the last couple of afternoons up at The Pleasance & Bristo Square in Edinburgh 
taking in the sights sounds & smells of the Fringe!
We managed to snag free tickets to 3 shows! 
Talk about being in the right place at The Right Time!

The first was a play called
Splendid Isolation

Simon Usher directs this World premiere of Nick Wards play 

adapted from the Heart of Darkness and 

Outpost of Progress by Joseph Conrad. A grotesquely dark comedy about 

slavery, opium addiction, cartography, madness and abandonment. 

Developed as a National Theatre Studio project, Splendid Isolation 

has never been publicly performed. 

Originally set in the African jungle, it was re-configured to a 19th-century 

northwest Australian pearling setting and will be staged for the first time at 

the Edinburgh Festival in 2011. 

Nick Ward is a three times FringeFirst winner and 

Splendid Isolation marks his return to the Edinburgh Festival.

very well written & the acting was excellent!

The Second was 
 Tom Allen's Afternoon Tea

The perfect start to your Edinburgh experience! Festival performers 

join award-winning Tom Allen for an 

anarchic but very civilized hour of parlour games,

 party pieces and chat.

 ‘An absolute must see’ **** 

(ThreeWeeks). ‘Delightful’ **** (
A chat show!
The guests included Ed Byrne & his Baby Son Cosmo!     
    Lynn Ruth Miller & Bruce Devlin

Third up was
Alzheimers The Musical

See it again and again for the first time! 

The oldest swingers are hot to trot with a riotous show of senior 

moments and golden oldies. 

At Jurassic Park Retirement Home our motto is 'never say die' and ageing 

disgracefully is compulsory. 

Boogie to hip-replacement-hop, ride with 

The Leader of the Geriatric Pack, get 

your lippy on for grab-a-granny night! 

Don't forget to book! 'Audience guffawed and cheered. Hilarious!'  

(Age) 'Wipe away tears of laughter!' (Rainbow-Jeparit Argus) ' 

Crackles along like grandma's knees on a treadmill!' (

 Melbourne Comedy Festival Award Winner.

The other show that we saw today was

How to be Awesome - An Introduction

Answering all of life's questions. Plus props. Lou Sanders as seen on BBC3, ITV4 and in your dreams. When you were little and fantasising about what you wanted to be when you grew up ... it was probably this show. 'Destined for hugeness’, ‘Uber-talented', 'Utterly delightful' (Time Out London Critic's Choice). ‘Funny bones and that little bit of sparkle that makes a good performer great' (ITV). 'Lou Sanders had the best comic timing ... Genuinely funny jokes' (ThreeWeeks).

1 comment:

  1. My goodness Dawn, lucky you snagging the free tickets. Sounds like you had a great time. Lee xx


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